The goal of Aspirancy is to attain human and Christian maturity and to discern one’s call to religious life. Deepening of Christian faith and formation of a good conscience are emphasized during this period. The aspirants learn to live in the community with others who come from different back grounds. With mutual love and respect, they experience and share the Eucharistic love. The patron saint of aspirants is St. Theresa of lisiuex.
Postulancy is the period of immediate preparation for the novitiate. During this stage the candidates become convinced of the genuineness of the call and purity of intention. This period brings about a gradual transition for lay life to the life proper to the religious. The postulants become deeply aware of the need to become free of all worldly attachments in order to give themselves to God. The patron saint of postulants is St. John Berchmans.
It is the most important stage of formation growing in the awareness of the responsibility to live the evangelical counsels through vowed life, the novices enter in to the mysteries of religious life. The goal of the novitiate is to prepare the novice to enter in to the covenantal relationship with the Eucharistic lord, learning from Him meekness, humility and infinite love. The novices study in the depth the Christian spirituality, liturgy and SABS constitution. The patron saint of novices is St. Margaret Mary Alacoque.
Juniorate is the period between the first profession and the perpetual profession. Its aim is to help the temporarly professed t o personally integrate to formation they received in the novitiate, through practical life experience. Deepening the religious commitment and growing in personal maturity. The patron saint of juniorate is St. Peter Julian Eymard.
Gods call and our response are two realities capable of growing and deepening throughout our lives. The goal of ongoing formation is continual renewal of our life by remaining faithful to our charism.